SEAT Leon’s minimalist sprint
The fourth and newest era SEAT Leon is the primary for the model that integrates a plug-in hybrid system in addition to gentle hybrid expertise. Persevering with just-auto/AIC’s assessment of inside design and expertise tendencies, we take a more in-depth take a look at this Spanish household hatchback.
5 trim ranges are supplied within the Leon PHEV, beginning with the FR, FR Sport, FR First Version, Xcellence and top-drawer Xcellence Lux. FR fashions function upholstered stitching that matches the outside color, a leather-based multifunction steering wheel, three-zone aircon, wi-fi charging tray within the entrance, two further USB factors within the rear and illuminated entrance aluminium door plates with ‘Hola’ puddle lights.
The notable inside design and expertise options of our FR First Version press assessment automotive embrace sunroof, wraparound ambient lighting, heated entrance upholstered seats and a rearview digital camera.
Xcellence trim degree brings a distinct aesthetic, with the important thing surfaces completed in microsuede material whereas the driving force advantages from Predictive Adaptive Cruise Management expertise in addition to a Winter Pack.
The highest-drawer Xcellence Lux provides entrance parking sensors, rearview digital camera, park help, microsuede upholstery and SEAT Drive Profile with 4 driving modes.
Measuring 4.36 metres in size, Leon’s deep, square-shaped boot holds 270 litres with the rear 60/40 cut up seats upright (that is 110 litres lower than the non-plug-in model) and 1,191 with them folded flat.
Infotainment and connectivity
As soon as seated, the attention is drawn to the flashing engine start-stop button, partly as a result of there are only a few different buttons on the central console. The infotainment system, aka SEAT’s Digital Cockpit, incorporates a ten.25 inch driver display screen and a central show that stands happy with the sprint, resembling a free-standing pill. This association permits for a slimmer fascia, incorporating a set of air vents and lighting controls. The automaker factors out that its ergonomic and outstanding place helps minimise intrusion into the cabin and is nearer to the driving force’s eye-line, thereby making it simpler to learn.
Leon drivers and passengers can get Apple/Android connectivity by means of the automotive’s infotainment system. As with most centre mount touchscreens, it’s a little fiddly at first to work your method round, however you quickly get used to it. There are, nonetheless, no chunky, intuitive dials on the centre stack beneath the touchscreen to function the HVAC. Every thing is managed through the touchscreen (though recognition is offered for sure capabilities), together with touch-sensitive ‘sliders’ to regulate the local weather operate.
The motive force’s instrumentation shows seemingly limitless quantities of data, all reconfigurable from traditional info discovered on analogue dials, comparable to speedometer and tachometer, to full color maps and navigation.
Drivers also can handle the charging course of remotely through the e-Supervisor, management the aircon – the automobile may be pre-heated for as much as half-hour between 15 and 22 levels C – and handle departure instances (to make sure automobile is charged and prepared) all from the smartphone app.
That is along with the usual distant entry Join app that grants customers, together with visibility of the automobile’s knowledge comparable to parking place, automobile’s standing together with locking and unlocking the doorways, arrange pace alerts to be warned if somebody utilizing the automobile is driving too shortly, space and anti-theft alerts, or remotely activate the horn and switch alerts to seek out the automotive extra simply.
Further cabin options, relying on the trim, embrace a deep wi-fi charger for smartphones, GSM antenna, two USB ports, a pair of SD card slots and, for good measure, an Aux-in socket.
Superior driver help system
The Leon PHEV bristles with ADAS applied sciences, together with parking help, tiredness recognition system and entrance help. The latter makes use of a radar sensor mounted on the entrance of the automotive to consistently monitor the gap between it and the automobile forward. If it calculates that there’s threat of a collision, a warning gentle and sound might be triggered to alert the driving force. If the driving force then fails to use the brakes firmly sufficient to keep away from an impression, the system will generate the mandatory further braking drive. Within the occasion of the driving force failing to take any motion in response to the warnings, entrance help will mechanically apply emergency braking.
Leon can be outfitted with autonomous emergency braking, predictive and adaptive cruise management, rear cross site visitors alert and blind spot detection system.
On the highway
The plug-in hybrid system mates to a perky 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine with an 85kW electrical engine, 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery pack to supply an general output of 204PS (150kW ) of energy and 350Nm of torque. It makes use of a six-speed DSG computerized transmission expertise and might journey as much as 36 miles on a single cost (that takes simply over three hours from an AC charger). Utilising shift-by-wire expertise designed in order that the gear selector just isn’t linked to the gearbox mechanically, as a substitute utilizing digital alerts to shift, it’s helpful for the automated park help methods, the place the mechanical parking lock was substituted for an electronically managed parking lock.
Designed, developed and produced in Barcelona, on the model’s Martorell amenities, the C-segment Leon e-Hybrid relies on Volkswagen Group’s MQB Evo structure. Its rivals embrace the Mazda 3, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
On steadiness, the Leon PHEV comes with a beneficiant record of ordinary tools and intelligent security expertise. Except for there being few dials or buttons on the centre stack, there may be little or no else to criticise about the remainder of the inside and its format.